LAUSD approves $7.5 billion budget under cloud of declining enrollment and future cuts
The LA Unified school board on Tuesday approved a $7.5 billion budget for the 2017-18 school year even as some board members expressed frustrations about declining enrollment and future cuts that might come as the board faces budget deficits. Spending has increased from the 2016-17 school year by 6.7 percent, while revenues have declined by...
By Sarah Favot | June 20, 2017 9:09 pm
LAUSD reassigns 943 employees, laying off 114, mostly library aides
In an effort to stave off a pending budget deficit, the LA Unified school board agreed Tuesday to reassign 943 classified employees, laying off 114 of them. These reduction-in-force notices are in addition to 115 administrative layoffs that are expected to be finalized by the end of the month. The latest RIF notices include accounting, financial...
By Mike Szymanski | June 20, 2017 5:55 pm
Where students say school bullying is a problem in LA — elementary schools top the list
*UPDATED While middle school is largely believed to be where bullying occurs most often, the LA Unified schools where the highest majority of students reported that bullying was a problem were elementary schools, according to surveys about safety in schools. Of the 24 schools where the largest percentage of students reported that bullying was a...
By Sarah Favot | June 20, 2017 12:42 pm
Los Angeles charter groups give students two months’ more math learning than other LA public schools, analysis of new CREDO data finds
*UPDATED Students in Los Angeles’ 13 largest charter school networks are gaining an average of 50 additional days of learning in math and 24 days in reading compared to other LA public school students, according to an analysis of data in a new Stanford University report. The top four LA charter networks in learning gains...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | June 19, 2017 2:21 pm
What are the chances of getting into an LAUSD magnet?
As the number of independent charter schools in Los Angeles has grown and students have left the district, one of LA Unified’s key strategies in fighting the enrollment slide has been to promote and build its magnet programs. Declining enrollment is what’s behind the district’s new unified enrollment system, and the demand for magnets was...
By Sarah Favot | June 19, 2017 1:37 pm
Los Angeles DREAMers say new federal statement on DACA only heightens their fears
Although the Trump administration announcement that protections for young “DREAMers” under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will continue for now, Los Angeles immigrants and their advocates believe the risk of being deported is even greater. The DACA news came in an announcement late Thursday by National Security Secretary John Kelly as he declared...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | June 16, 2017 5:47 pm